Archinect - News 2014-11-27T06:54:03-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/110114834/la-drops-helipad-requirement-for-tall-buildings-enter-la-skyline-2-0 LA drops helipad requirement for tall buildings; enter LA skyline 2.0 Archinect 2014-09-29T17:36:00-04:00 >2014-10-02T13:35:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ez/ezlmwktd0f9h494z.jpg" width="514" height="232" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a move that could dramatically change Los Angeles&rsquo; skyline, city leaders announced Monday that helicopter landing facilities will no longer be required atop new buildings. The fire code requirement has been criticized for contributing to the &ldquo;flat-topped&rdquo; look of Los Angeles&rsquo; skyline, particularly in downtown. Los Angeles was the only major U.S. city with such a rule, which has been in place since at least the 1970s.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/105803115/the-tall-dc-new-monumentalism-exhibit-questions-washington-d-c-s-building-height-restrictions The TALL DC: New Monumentalism exhibit questions Washington D.C.‘s building height restrictions Justine Testado 2014-08-04T19:10:00-04:00 >2014-08-13T19:27:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y9/y925l12zs8l7smr0.jpg" width="514" height="428" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The recent "TALL DC: New Monumentalism" exhibition took a critical approach to how outdated urban building standards -- specifically in D.C. -- can affect the built environment and the field of architecture, even as social demands and technology progress. Graduate students of Emerging Technologies and Media at The Catholic University of America proposed three skyscrapers among D.C.'s historical monuments to further encourage the questioning of this notion and the definition of "a monument".</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ic/icv1idr2u2l16gs4.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tj/tjdfo3f9mcp8wmck.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k8/k8r6t4i6dae1df1d.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g4/g45kxlelwxu167n1.jpg"></p><p>More photos and other details on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/the_talldc_new_monumentalism_exhibit_questions_washington_dcs_building_heig/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105421785/sure-architecture-s-winning-endless-city-skyscraper-proposal-for-the-streets-of-london SURE Architecture’s winning “Endless City” skyscraper proposal for the streets of London Justine Testado 2014-07-30T20:30:00-04:00 >2014-07-31T18:50:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t9/t9yjcpjdwp2p5qmv.jpg" width="514" height="578" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>SURE Architecture's "The Endless City in Height" skyscraper is all about going with the flow while making a bold statement. Proposed for the SkyScraper &amp; SuperSkyscraper Competition, the entry recently won first place in the international competition. Designed to integrate itself with the surrounding streets in London, pedestrians discover the skyscraper's vertical city inside while walking up and down the "endless" interweaving ramps that wrap around the tower.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1w/1w3zq4wodvs6n9jd.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lv/lvzmogeovswdju57.jpg"></p><p>Learn more about it on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/sure_architectures_winning_endless_city_skyscraper_proposal_for_the_streets/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105028088/a-gasp-inducing-plan-for-s-f-skyline-from-the-ground-up A gasp-inducing plan for S.F. skyline, from the ground up Archinect 2014-07-25T17:00:00-04:00 >2014-08-07T11:50:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4p/4p2hlbnqipu3go0j.jpg" width="514" height="404" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new pair of towers proposed for downtown San Francisco would include the city's second-tallest building - and perhaps its most startling public space, an open-air plaza set beneath the main tower's elevated first floor. The project straddles the northwest corner of First and Mission streets, with a 605-foot tower on Mission and a broad 910-foot high-rise on First. By comparison, the Salesforce Tower under construction on the southeast corner will top off at 1,070 feet.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/97496121/evolo-skyscrapers-2-now-available-for-pre-order eVolo Skyscrapers 2 now available for pre-order Justine Testado 2014-04-07T17:17:00-04:00 >2014-04-07T19:35:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xi/xivwe2qf8oyji22u.jpg" width="514" height="622" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Need inspiration to prepare for next year's <a href="http://www.evolo.us/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">eVOLO</a> Skyscraper Competition? eVOLO's latest publication,<em> EVOLO SKYSCRAPERS 2 </em>is <a href="http://shop.evolo.us/product/evolo-skyscrapers-2-limited-edition-book" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">now available for pre-order</a> throughout April! Only 1,000 copies worldwide are in stock.</p><p>As the follow-up to <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/33335726/evolo-skyscrapers-limited-edition-book" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the acclaimed first edition,</a> the hardcover, 628-page book showcases 150 of the best skyscraper submissions to the popular eVOLO Skyscraper Competition from the past few years.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gt/gt3durknyasn8gab.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ap/apg5rv5ik2ycp2qg.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8p/8pr1hfv86gz56d8p.jpg"></p><p>These reimagined super-tall structures explore technological advances, sustainable systems, and the establishment of new urban and architectural solutions to solve economic, social, and cultural problems of the world's contemporary cities.</p><p><strong>Click <a href="http://shop.evolo.us/product/evolo-skyscrapers-2-limited-edition-book" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to order.</strong> Orders will ship out in May.</p><p>For more eVOLO on Archinect, click <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/71983/evolo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/96415206/work-to-start-next-month-on-1km-kingdom-tower-in-jeddah-saudi-arabia Work to start next month on 1km Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Archinect 2014-03-24T16:00:00-04:00 >2014-04-15T15:08:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/42/4287daa1b5685e475dca387e67fa7d96.jpg" width="514" height="727" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Once complete the tower will be the world&rsquo;s tallest, beating current record holder the 828m-tall Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Client Jeddah Economic Company has not yet confirmed the exact height of the tower, but has indicated it will be over 1km tall. In December, contractor Saudi Bauer completed piling work for the tower, including sinking 270 piles up to a depth of 110m.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/93964055/too-late-community-mobilizes-to-save-central-park-from-skyscraper-shadows Too Late, Community Mobilizes to Save Central Park from Skyscraper Shadows Archinect 2014-02-20T15:00:00-05:00 >2014-02-24T18:35:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/90/90bcb48c10b85ddedfa001abb55edb40.jpg" width="300" height="201" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Last night, nearly 500 New Yorkers gathered at the New York Public Library&rsquo;s main branch for a forum on the wave of skyscrapers that are rising along the Southern edge of Central Park. Skyscrapers that will, depending on whom you ask, either transform Central Park into a gloomy airshaft or create shadows as fleeting and insubstantial as a cloud moving across the sun. Concerns were raised, grievances aired and oligarchs denigrated.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/93886900/ice-falling-from-skyscrapers-creates-issues-in-new-york Ice falling from skyscrapers creates issues in New York Alexander Walter 2014-02-19T15:04:00-05:00 >2014-02-24T18:27:57-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3a/3aa4e0a36873e76318d0d34fef2ac236.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Several blocks around the World Trade Center and the Battery Park Underpass were shut down Wednesday due to reports of ice falling from the tower. [...] Dangerous blocks of ice have been cascading down from 1 World Trade Center intermittently for the past two weeks, leading to several road closures and panic among pedestrians.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/91683852/flammable-towers-make-a-fiery-statement-on-the-modern-skyscraper-frenzy "Flammable" towers make a fiery statement on the modern skyscraper frenzy Justine Testado 2014-01-20T14:13:00-05:00 >2014-01-22T09:43:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9i/9inmjn5uozlu2avn.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Architects always have the future in mind when they design. That's particularly evident in today's cityscapes as they continuously try to one-up each other in who can raise the world's next tallest, more-modern-than-thou skyscraper for all to gaze in awe -- or not. For <a href="http://naihanli.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jingjing Naihan Li</a>, a long-time resident and practicing architect in Beijing, modern skyscrapers can be invasive and gradually make the city's public spaces feel less familiar.<br><br> As a clever response to the skyscraper frenzy she saw at home and abroad, Naihan created a collection of the most recognizable towers scaled down to meticulously replicated wax candles titled "Flammable."<br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ew/ewzftesqdvcmbbwd.jpg" title=""><br><br> "Together, it looks like a party of all the alpha males of the world," Naihan responded in an email. "In places like New York or Hong Kong where land is limited, it was somewhat justifiable to build high and dense. But as the cities with the skyscraper were viewed by other developed countries as the representative of modern success, the sk...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/89521499/seeing-a-need-for-oversight-of-new-york-s-lordly-towers Seeing a Need for Oversight of New York’s Lordly Towers Archinect 2013-12-23T12:58:00-05:00 >2013-12-30T19:02:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bb/bb62de2af4b3fbf63c95722ca6a2a5c4.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A forthcoming report from the Municipal Art Society, called &ldquo;The Accidental Skyline,&rdquo; bemoans what&rsquo;s happening on 57th Street, absent New Yorkers&rsquo; input. It suggests any new tower casting a shadow over Central Park should require the approval of the City Planning Commission. That&rsquo;s a plausible trigger for public oversight, dependent on city commissioners with backbone who understand design.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/89078429/berg-c-f-m-ller-dinelljohansson-propose-world-s-tallest-wooden-skyscraper-for-stockholm Berg | C.F. Møller & DinellJohansson propose world’s tallest wooden skyscraper for Stockholm Justine Testado 2013-12-17T18:58:00-05:00 >2013-12-23T18:39:12-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7z/7z3ulloqjfp1cnfp.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Berg | C.F. M&oslash;ller and DinellJohansson recently won the competition to design a future residential landmark for Stockholm. Hosted by Swedish real estate group HSB, three competing teams were required to propose three innovative residential buildings for three central locations in the city. The winners will work with HSB to develop and build the residential complex by 2023, in time for HSB's 100th anniversary.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Here's a glimpse of Berg | C.F. M&oslash;ller and DinellJohansson's proposals:<br><br><strong>Hagastaden:</strong></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x9/x9lu8x9nddqm8hpb.jpg" title=""><br><br><br><strong>V&auml;sterbroplan:</strong></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f0/f07zq7mc4daw31zn.jpg" title=""><br> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Fleminggatan:</strong></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ak/akp1widxmysdpanp.jpg" title=""></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/84300066/skinny-shop-designed-tower-higher-than-empire-state-building-wins-city-approval Skinny SHoP-designed tower, higher than Empire State Building, wins city approval Archinect 2013-10-16T15:44:00-04:00 >2013-10-19T10:24:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/99/9958fa49b847d493bc0f65aaa9105ff5.jpg" width="514" height="474" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The tower would have only been 697 feet until the developers bought Steinway Hall &mdash; a deal that allowed for the building&rsquo;s height to double, but also gave the Landmarks Preservation Commission the final say. The approval was a no brainer, members said. &ldquo;It represents the best of both worlds of new construction and design and historic preservation,&rdquo; Commission Chairman Robert Tierney said Tuesday. Fellow commissioner Fred Bland called the combo &ldquo;daring and smart.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/83671758/a-short-history-of-the-highrise-a-fascinating-and-beautifully-crafted-interactive-documentary A Short History of the Highrise - A fascinating and beautifully crafted interactive documentary Archinect 2013-10-08T12:13:00-04:00 >2013-10-14T20:17:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vy/vye2cz4sifgppf2g.jpg" width="514" height="334" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Watch a four-part interactive documentary about the fascinating past, present and future of high-rise living in cities around the world.</p></em><br /><br /><p> A Short History of the Highrise is an interactive documentary; a collaboration between the National Film Board of Canada and the NY Times.</p> <p> <strong>MUD, CONCRETE, GLASS and HOME:&nbsp; Director&rsquo;s Statement</strong></p> <p> Great Cities, throughout history, have been defined by their &ldquo;Great Buildings&rdquo;: spectacular temples, banks, palaces and cultural monuments.</p> <p> But a city&rsquo;s everyday urban fabric &#8209; ordinary residential highrise buildings &#8209; can tell us more than any other built form about a civilization&rsquo;s respect for humanity.</p> <p> That&rsquo;s why I&rsquo;ve spent the last five years documenting them and the lives inside them, as the director of the National Film Board of Canada&rsquo;s Emmy-winning project called HIGHRISE.</p> <p> About a year ago, the project took an unexpected turn. The New York Times Op-Docs video department&nbsp; called on us to collaborate on a new iteration of HIGHRISE. They gave me rare access to their remarkable repository of undigitized photographs, an archive affectionately known as the Morgue . With the help o...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/78369996/sky-city-world-s-tallest-building-stops-construction-due-to-lack-of-government-approval Sky City, world's tallest building, stops construction due to lack of government approval Archinect 2013-07-31T14:11:00-04:00 >2013-08-05T19:45:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e0/e03fve8j3jx60i04.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Yin Zhi, head of Beijing Tsinghua Urban Design Institute, said, "The technique that Broad Group uses has no precedent in the world, and the cost they promised is very low. So they either have some record breaking techniques or it&rsquo;s a lie. They are gambling. If they win, they will change the history of world architecture, but that's one chance in a million."</p></em><br /><br /><p> In China&rsquo;s Hunan province, ground was broken for the next "world's tallest skyscraper". It was a brave ambition. The developer Broad Group planned to build an 838 meter tower with 202 stories, in just 10 months. The tower would surpass the current tallest skyscraper, Dubai&rsquo;s Burj Khalifa by 10 meters. But the project has been halted over questions concerning feasibility and government permission.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/75530256/the-politics-of-12-new-skyscrapers-for-paris The politics of 12 new skyscrapers for Paris Nam Henderson 2013-06-19T12:14:00-04:00 >2013-06-19T12:14:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f6/f6o1p90wc6k72n0i.jpg" width="514" height="336" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"We mustn't let ourselves be imprisoned by a 'heritage vision' of the city," Ms Hidalgo told the news magazine L'Express. "We are working towards a "genero-city" which is to say a city that is open, convivial and in vibration."</p></em><br /><br /><p> John Laurenson talks with supporters and critics sparring over plans to build 12 new skyscrapers in Paris. The issue has generated&nbsp;enough&nbsp;controversy that Laurenson believes &nbsp;it will likely play a role in deciding the next municipal elections.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/69694364/editor-s-picks-307 Editor's Picks #307 Nam Henderson 2013-03-19T17:39:00-04:00 >2014-04-07T14:59:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zc/zczj5rak1g07xas3.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Reflecting on the site of Farnsworth House, an obvious floodplain, toasteroven wondered "who pushed siting the building where it is - the client or mies?". To which snooker-doodle-dandy replied "don't believe Mies would ever let a Client tell him what to do. In fact if they tried, he would most likely stuff out his Cuban cigar on their forehead"</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>News</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/69398442/fox-river-flash-flooding-surrounds-the-farnsworth-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As of March 11, 2013 Farnsworth House is fully surrounded by river water, but neither the lower deck nor the upper deck had yet been breached</a>.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/69398442/fox-river-flash-flooding-surrounds-the-farnsworth-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" title="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zc/zczj5rak1g07xas3.jpg"></a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/69398442/fox-river-flash-flooding-surrounds-the-farnsworth-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Petrunia</a> noted that last time it happened "<em>They even blogged the cleanup: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/80993/farnsworth-clean-up" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://archinect.com/news/article/80993/farnsworth-clean-up</a></em>".</p><p>Reflecting on the site of Farnsworth House, an obvious floodplain, <strong>toasteroven</strong> wondered "<em>who pushed siting the building where it is - the client or mies?</em>". To which <strong>snooker-doodle-dandy</strong> replied "<em>don't believe Mies would ever let a Client tell him what to do.&nbsp; In fact if they tried,&nbsp; he would most likely stuff out&nbsp; his Cuban&nbsp; cigar on their forehead</em>"</p><p>For her part <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1906872/donna-sink" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink</a> expressed the opinion "<em>I think evilplatypus - whose presence here I miss - once noted that the 100 year flood level that Mies used to site the building has been radically changed due to the massive suburban development that has happened upstream in the intervening 60 years. I think the house should be moved</em>".</p><p><img alt="" title="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/aa/aanyp03ix5cc6qj6.jpg"></p><p>AIA Chief Executive Office...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/68323386/building-boom-the-london-developments-revamping-the-skyline Building boom: the London developments revamping the skyline Archinect 2013-02-25T14:36:00-05:00 >2013-03-04T21:12:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ba/babf8fd7eed4bfa4c2f38f32a35c75b0.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The London skyline has traditionally been a slow-moving beast. While cities in Asia or the United States throw up dozens of new buildings virtually overnight, the capital&rsquo;s horizon evolves at a more sedate pace. That&rsquo;s all changing. A clutch of thrilling new buildings is revamping the skyline and helping to fulfil the desperate demand for housing. It&rsquo;s taking place all over the city, but particularly in a southern stretch between London Bridge and Lambeth.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/68116209/shard-builders-mace-to-project-manage-saudi-arabia-s-kingdom-tower Shard builders Mace to project manage Saudi Arabia's Kingdom tower Archinect 2013-02-22T12:53:00-05:00 >2013-02-28T23:22:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h1/h16yjv222450ghel.jpg" width="514" height="728" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The British company that built the Shard skyscraper in London will manage the construction of the Kingdom tower in Saudi Arabia, which will be the world's tallest building when completed. The Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal unveiled the plans, by American firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, 18 months ago as part of a new &pound;13bn Kingdom City development on the Red Sea coast to the north of Jeddah.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/br/brg0ck2fa80ju70n.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4c/4c06dc2465d00ada6e2c62e1686e0450.jpg" title=""></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/65046351/toronto-leading-western-world-in-tall-building-construction Toronto Leading Western World in Tall Building Construction Anna Johnson 2013-01-07T23:48:00-05:00 >2013-01-08T00:29:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zf/zfihbojo0ph0b5gh.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Canada&rsquo;s biggest city is getting even bigger, with a pace-setting number of skyscrapers set to join the city skyline. According to a Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) report dubbed &ldquo;Canada Rising,&rdquo; Toronto is leading the western world in terms of new buildings 150 metres or taller currently under construction.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/64757984/double-deck-elevators-rise-as-tallest-towers-test-limits Double-Deck Elevators Rise as Tallest Towers Test Limits Archinect 2013-01-03T17:24:00-05:00 >2013-01-03T17:24:35-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/13/1310c75c4103417f7f8d0bccd1de3a5b.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The United Technologies Corp. unit has to go beyond the braking mechanism Elisha Otis demonstrated with a rope and saber at the 1854 World&rsquo;s Fair. It&rsquo;s working on systems able to stop 16 metric tons (35,274 pounds) of elevator and cable falling from the top of a kilometer-tall tower -- equal to a half-full tractor trailer driven off a cliff.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/64433192/150-stories-but-no-sewer-connection 150 stories - but no sewer connection Barry Lehrman 2012-12-30T11:09:00-05:00 >2013-01-01T19:58:14-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qw/qwgo74b86ongcnjb.jpg" width="514" height="369" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>'[R]emember that a place like Dubai really emerged in the last 50 years. It was a sleepy, you know, Bedouin town half a century ago. And what you do is when you bring in the world&rsquo;s, you know, most sophisticated architects and engineers, you can literally build anything, including a building of 140 or 150 stories. But designing a municipal network of sewage treatment is in some ways more complex. - KATE ASCHER</p></em><br /><br /><p> Terry Gross recently interviewed Kate Ascher about her skyscraper book, and ended up discussing the common lack of sewage connections in Dubai - including the Burj Khalifa. So they end up using trucks to cart the sewage to the central treatment plant, where they often end up queuing for 24-hours or more before they can be emptied.</p> <p> <a href="http://us.gizmodo.com/5857475/without-trucks-the-tallest-building-in-the-world-would-become-the-tallest-mountain-of-poop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gizmodo </a>calculated:</p> <p> '<em>The Burj Khalifa has 163 habitable floors. It's designed to hold 35,000 people at any given time. Now, humans produce 100 to 250 grams (3 to 8 ounces) of feces per day. Let's say 200 in this case, since these people are well fed. That's 7,000,000 grams per day. Seven tonnes of poop per day. Now, add human-produced liquids (pee, bathing, cleaning their teeth...) and the water to push the poop down its miles of sewage pipes. I think a very conservative total would be 15 tonnes of sewage per day.</em></p> <p> <em>That's a lot of poop.'</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/64227047/sky-gardens-add-drama-to-750-million-park-avenue-tower Sky Gardens Add Drama to $750 Million Park Avenue Tower Archinect 2012-12-26T20:15:00-05:00 >2013-01-01T19:58:29-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4f/4fa416c8d8a557dd6a73a5363d75ca6f.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Park Avenue tower rises from a monumental covered plaza to two setbacks, where the 42-foot-high garden levels expose those massive, dramatic building supports. The top two floors of the tower, tentatively planned to rise 49 stories, form a glass- roofed garden. Elevator shafts morph into glowing blades that slice the sky above the roof.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/63218922/isolated-tombstone-stands-among-chinese-skyscrapers Isolated Tombstone Stands Among Chinese Skyscrapers Anna Johnson 2012-12-12T14:01:00-05:00 >2012-12-13T12:41:11-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rw/rw4dtde0iuf4wmhp.jpg" width="514" height="765" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a bizarre dispute, a skyscraper has been built around a tombstone in the city of Taiyuan, the capital of Shanxi province in China. Building developers bought a cemetery with an eye to building a series of skyscrapers on the land. Prior to construction, locals were paid to relocate the graves, yet one family refused the proposed terms, forcing developers to build around the landmass.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/61585416/russia-s-mercury-city-tower-cuts-the-shard-down-to-size Russia's Mercury City tower cuts the Shard down to size Archinect 2012-11-17T13:25:00-05:00 >2012-11-21T11:09:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bk/bka1zssl7bulohk7.jpg" width="514" height="336" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A towering beacon of pink mirrored glass has overtaken the Shard to become the tallest building in Europe. Moscow's Mercury City tower, which topped out on Thursday, now rises to 339m, making it 29m taller than London's own crystalline pyramid. The building joins a motley cluster in the emerging Moscow International Business Centre, a $12bn complex initiated by former mayor Yuri Luzhkov as a playground for rival oligarchs to demonstrate their penile might.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/58632365/tall-building-experts-no-easy-path-to-truly-sustainable-supertowers Tall-Building Experts: No Easy Path to Truly Sustainable Supertowers Archinect 2012-10-04T19:02:00-04:00 >2012-10-08T18:35:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/48/486b6a59616396eda8d782fb31424c0e.jpg" width="300" height="450" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Johnson, a design partner in the New York City office of architect NBBJ, estimates that by 2060-70, skyscrapers will not only produce more energy than they use, they will produce food.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/55406923/is-there-a-limit-to-how-tall-buildings-can-get Is There a Limit to How Tall Buildings Can Get? Archinect 2012-08-16T15:37:00-04:00 >2012-08-19T06:25:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8a/8ad3e2605049c2a263742611a4890a50.jpg" width="514" height="356" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For a Middle East-based client he's not allowed to identify, Johnson worked on a project back in the late 2000s designing a building that would have been a mile-and-a-half tall, with 500 stories. Somewhat of a theoretical practice, the design team identified between 8 and 10 inventions that would have had to take place to build a building that tall. Not innovations, Johnson says, but inventions, as in completely new technologies and materials.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/53013440/renzo-piano-s-the-shard-in-london-europe-s-tallest-building-is-officially-open Renzo Piano's The Shard in London, Europe's tallest building, is officially open Archinect 2012-07-05T18:01:00-04:00 >2012-07-08T14:37:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/58/58e2660a19765546726dcbe3a98aae7f.jpg" width="514" height="331" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The tower, designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, will contain offices, exclusive residences, a luxury hotel, restaurants and a viewing gallery across 72 floors which can be occupied. There are a further 15 levels which make up the 'spire' - six of which have the potential to be used, with another nine exposed to the elements. The 1,016ft skyscraper was inaugurated by the prime minister and minister of foreign affairs of Qatar, Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al-Thani, and The Duke of York.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/51518600/sky-city-world-s-tallest-building-to-be-built-in-90-days Sky City: World’s tallest building, to be built in 90 days Archinect 2012-06-15T18:48:00-04:00 >2012-11-21T21:45:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6a/6a61389c12537d50358c9c0af932c60d.jpg" width="514" height="255" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It took Dubai more than five years to build the 828-meter Burj Khalifa, the world&rsquo;s tallest building (for the moment, anyway). But Chinese architects and engineers reckon they need a mere 90 days to leave the Emiratis in the dust. At least, that's what they've claimed.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <em>BSB is renowned for its eye-opening construction efficiency. Its portfolio includes assembling a 15-story building in six days in June 2010, and erecting a 30-story hotel in 360 hours in December 2011.</em></p> <p> <em>The key to achieving such stunning speed is an innovative construction technique developed by BSB.</em></p> <p> <em>Most of the company&rsquo;s buildings are pieced together with prefabricated components from its factory. In this case, 95 percent of Sky City will be completed before breaking ground.</em></p> <p> <em>BSB explained to Xinhua that its goal of building Sky City is not to erect a new landmark in China, but to develop and put into use a &ldquo;medium-cost, super-saving utility building and to promote a futuristic urban lifestyle.&rdquo;</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/41907142/can-wooden-skyscrapers-transform-concrete-jungles Can wooden skyscrapers transform concrete jungles? Archinect 2012-03-18T23:48:00-04:00 >2012-03-19T02:37:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6i/6ikf91xpixmiumiu.jpg" width="492" height="501" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Swapping cement and steel for timber is the vision of a number of environmentally-minded architects who are planning high-rise buildings across the world. Architect Michael Green has plans for a 30-story wooden skyscraper in Vancouver, while plans are afoot in Norway and Austria for 17- and 20-story buildings that use wood as the main building material, eschewing steel and concrete.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/34030740/future-looking-up-for-tall-buildings Future looking up for tall buildings? Archinect 2012-01-10T14:19:00-05:00 >2012-01-17T18:25:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b4/b43b26130ccd0a6c353331494c35e7ad.jpg" width="514" height="331" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;There needs to be intensification,&rdquo; argues architect Bruce Kuwabara. &ldquo;What we have to think about are ways to create a vertical urban life that&rsquo;s livable. It isn&rsquo;t just about the view. It has to be about how buildings work at the base and how they contribute to the public realm.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>